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Poster: Jack o' Roses Date: Oct 23, 2010 2:22pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: TDIH -another great '89-& yet another reason to be kind to strangers


I was in the OTS 2nd row 1 in from the row on Phil's side for this one until right before the lights went down: some kid walks up to the section with a D-6 and wanted a patch in. No one would give him the time of day b/c there was NO room at the inn. So then he tried to just leave his deck for someone to run. One small problem: he had no tapes (I don't recall about batts or even patch cords). As you can imagine, everybody jumped up to help him then (Yeah, I swear this story is true-all except for the last part about every taper offering assistance...). I alone volunteered (being from the Volunteer state & all). I had extra everything-when one doesn't have good mics one should carry most everything a brother taper might need-so I set him up & got him rollin'- then he pulled up aside & said he had an extra front row ticket if I would like to use it & tape too. So I did, of course. I might be biased, but I saw 10/9, & I still think that this, too, was an awesome show.

The foggy cold night before, after the show two interesting things happened: (1) we saw Bobby mountain biking through the parking lot, as he did sometimes back then & (2) my Ex (who would go to the first night of a run to humor me, I guess) & I gave this couple who were heading for the front gate trying to find a cab(!) a ride back to the neighboring hotel. Total strangers, they invited us up & we listed to the show. They sprang for a couple of bottles of Crystal (the second 1 from room service). & we went home never to cross paths again.

Thanks kind strangers, & keep up the good deeds....

The moral of this true adventure on the Fall tour of '89 is always be kind to strangers, you never know when you might feel like one yourself.

I hope you sit back & enjoy this show (LOUD).